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        06-19-2009, 03:32 PM
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    Well I tried the whip thing and I'm pretty sure I was doing it wrong. I was having a super hard time keeping my right hand still to hold the line as I tried to snap the whip in front of her with my left hand. It kept ending up that either the line was being waved as I waved the whip or the whip was being held still. >.<
    I could tell she was getting really confused and she kept trying to turn around. I don't really blame her for that because she doesn't like whips too much (I can touch her everywhere with one when she's free/tied up, she just doesn't like them) and when the whip is in front of her and my stupid other hand is making her face wiggle, I think I'd decide that I should turn around too.

    I ended up just doing lots of walk trot transitions and I worked on only using singular swift pulling (no yank yank yank yank yank etc) of the line when she wouldn't stop. She caught on enough that a few times she actually walked when I said walk!!! She wasn't doing that consistently or transitioning to a walk immediatly, but she did start walking a few steps after I said "walk" a few times. =D

    We practiced that for about thirty minutes and by the end she was also trotting when I said trot without me having to flick the end of the line at her.

    I also had her halt a few times becuase that is something she's pro at. She tries so hard to figure out what I want. It's the cutest thng.

    Hopefully when I go see her tomorrow she'll be even easier get walking.
         
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        06-19-2009, 04:27 PM
      #22
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    I usually start lunging a horse fairly close to me (you might run a chance of getting kicked but I never have been). I use a faily long long whip. I can touch the horse (just a little) with the whip. If they fail to slow down when I ask (voice commands) I will tap them on the chest harder and harder untill they stop. All the while saying "walk....walk....walk". Once they will listen to me when they are close I will lengthen my rope. I will tug on the rope if they are to far to reach. I also am a big fan of voice commands.
         

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